Monday, September 9, 2013

Ivan Illich on Consumer Society

In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.

In "Tools for Conviviality" (1973). Ivan Illich (1926–2002) was an Austrian philosopher, Roman Catholic priest, and "maverick social critic" of the institutions of contemporary Western culture and their effects on the provenance and practice of education, medicine, work, energy use, transportation, and economic development.

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